Vessel Manager


  • Sanford– NZ’s Largest Seafood Exporter
  • Shore Based Operations Management
  • Never a dull moment in this highly diverse role

 Brief description.

This Timaru-based position offers tremendous diversity, the opportunity to make your mark and future career growth.

 About the opportunity

Sanford prides itself on its strongly inclusive culture, and one of its principal objectives is to become the Employer of Choice in New Zealand.  They encourage initiative and reward success.  The company has an absolute commitment to health and safety, quality, strong leadership and efficiency in operations. This is a great opportunity to become part of this dynamic organisation as a key member of their Timaru-based fleet management team.

About the role

You will be responsible for one or more of Sanford’s “Deep-water” fishing vessels. These vessels process the fish on-board to a frozen export ready state and spend many weeks at-sea at a time. The scope of your role will be broad. No two days will be the same and you’ll be kept on your toes as you juggle a large number of activities and responsibilities.

Your role will include

  • Active management of the provisioning, crewing and maintenance of the vessel.
  • Providing leadership to the officers and crew to advance Sanford’s engagement and cultural development.
  • Coordinating catch plans, quota usage and reporting.
  • Ensuring the vessel achieves the required product quality outcomes and obtains maximum value from raw material.
  • Compliance to maritime and fisheries related regulations / acts (amongst others).
  • Financial responsibility for the vessels’ entire operation.
  • Effective use of Sanford and contractor resources.
  • Ensuring a safe workplace.

This role requires the ability to manage projects, think outside the square and come up with solutions under time pressure.

Skills and Attributes

Sanford is not looking for a specific background for this role. You could come from the marine / fishing or engineering industries, procurement or factory management – but what you will have is a broad range of complementary skills and the right attitude. As you will be liaising extensively with both internal and external stakeholders you will need good management, planning and communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships. You will be capable of dealing with pressure and reacting to unforeseen events. You are resourceful, able to multi-task and prioritise. Good computer skills are essential (especially Excel) and the flexibility to work across a number of platforms is necessary. You are commercially astute, able to negotiate with vendors and contractors, manage performance, and prepare reports for senior management.

How to Apply

Click on the link:  Vessel Manager

Or contact Yvette Harrison on +64 9 5223927 for a confidential discussion or further information.